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Friday Favorites-- First Official Week of Spring

Our calendar says spring but the weathermen are predicting possible snow later today.  I'm trying not to mind too much since we did get out of the house quite a bit this week.  We also finished up our science book for the year and are so close to putting away many of our other subjects too.  I can not believe how quickly we are flying through the work this year but I am loving it.

Here are some other things I am loving this week!

We explored the Hartford Science Museum on Friday and had a great time learning outside the home.

Alec made some Caramel Bailey's brownies on Saturday.  It's the first time he's ever tried making brownies from scratch and they were pretty darn good!

My husband and I went out on a dinner date on Saturday!  We checked out a new to us restaurant called Back Dog Bar and Grille.  It was delicious!!

Sunday we enjoyed a yummy corned beef dinner with Alec's brownies in honor of St. Patrick's day.  My mother in law was coming over and since …

Encouraging Hearts and Home-- Welcome Spring!!

I shared our spring bucket list on the blog yesterday and could not be more thrilled that it is officially spring.  Of course, I know we can still have cold weather and even occasional snow for another month or even two (yes, I distinctly remember snow flurries one Mother's day!) but I have hopes that sunny warm weather is soon to come and we can not wait to get outside and enjoy all the fresh air and sunshine that spring often brings.  Thank you for joining us today and

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Spring Bucket List

Happy First Day of Spring!!  While we know that the writing on the calendar will not magically make it feel like spring we know that soon we will be able to spend lots of time outside and in honor of the first day of spring it seemed like the perfect time to share our spring bucket list.

Here are just a few of the things we hope to accomplish this season:

1. Go check out Garden in the Woods
2.  Go back and see the Tower Hill Botanical Gardens in bloom
3.  Explore Fort Trumbull State park

4.  Tour the Freedom Trail in Boston

5.  Plant a small herb garden (or container garden)

6.  Decorate Easter Eggs

7.  Head to the Farmer's Market to buy fresh local produce

8.  Go to the zoo

9.  Make a spring themed dessert recipe-- like this Bunny Tail Easter Muddy Buddies recipe or these Spring Cookie Bars

10.  Go to the beach & check out tide pools, walk on the rocks, smell the salty sea air!

11.  Take our bikes out for a ride

12. See the new DisneyNature film- Penguins!

March Pinterest Challenge -- Creamy Turkey Noodle Casserole

It's the third Tuesday of the month and that means it's time for March's Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by My Pinterventures. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen!  I have been having so much fun with this blog hop and hope you'll consider joining us!  

Lately I have been trying out lots of new recipes.  I often shy away from new recipes since I do have two picky eaters but I had hoped they might enjoy this turkey noodle casserole.  Spoiler alert-- they didn't but the rest of us thought this was pretty tasty!  

I had this  Leftover Turkey Noodle Casserole from The Kitchen is my Playground on my Pinterest board and it looked so delicious I just knew we had to try it.

We made a few very slight modifications to the original recipe.

Here is what we did:


12 ounce bag egg noodles
6 tablespoons cream of soup mix (I use a recipe similar to this)
1 1/3 cu…

100 Days of Science #59-- Exploring Minerals

We bought this inexpensive mineral science kit and I just knew we had to open it and try it out; particularly since we've been studying rocks and minerals.

The kit comes with a magnifying glass, a streak plate, a nail, and 15 different mineral samples.

Each of the boys took turns studying the different minerals.

They examined them with the magnifying glass.

Tried to see if they could leave a mark using the nail or their own finger nails.

Then they ran each mineral over the streak plate to see what sort of mark (if any) it left behind.

They had a lot of fun and we learned a bit more about the Mohs hardness scale.

Others in this series: 1.  Bernoulli's Principle 2.  Field Trip to the Ecotarium  3.  Learning About Air Molecules 4.  Kitchen Science; Baking cupcakes

Italian Turkey Soup

I was looking for a healthy and hearty soup to make one day when it was cold and snowy out.  I rummaged through the freezer, fridge, and pantry to pull together a very tasty soup that I'm dubbing our Italian Turkey Soup.

I happened to have lots of leftover turkey on hand but this soup would work well with burger, chicken, or even without the meat entirely!  
1 package frozen mixed vegetables 2 cups frozen turkey 14 1/2 ounce can diced tomatoes with the juice 1 6 ounce can tomato paste 3 cups beef stock (or three cups hot water with 3 beef bullion cubes) 1 Tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
2 cups water
1/2 box rotini

In the crock pot I mixed together the frozen vegetables, turkey, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, beef stock, Italian seasoning and water.  I set it on high for 5-6 hours.  I didn't add anything else for seasoning because I knew my beef stock had minced onion, garlic, salt and pepper.  If you are using bullion or plain beef broth you might want to add ot…